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North Carolina man charged in racially-tinged Iron Range stabbings

Quincy Lamont Pemberton, 31, was charged with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (Photo courtesy of St. Louis County Sheriff's Office)

A North Carolina man has been charged with three felony counts of assault counts for a weekend incident in which two men were stabbed in Virginia.

Quincy Lamont Pemberton, 31, is charged with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault. He appeared in Minnesota District Court in Virginia, where bail was set at $100,000. A request for supervised release was denied. His next court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police responded to the report of a stabbing near 731 Third St. S. at 2:17 a.m. Saturday. Officers there found Kyle John Sandstrom and Eric Adam Briski. Briski had been stabbed in the upper-left leg, Sandstrom in the chest. An officer lifted Sandstrom's shirt "and noticed a gaping laceration to the left side of his chest. He covered the injury and applied pressure until emergency medical crews responded."

According to witnesses, Pemberton and three women were walking home when three white men began following them. The white men and Pemberton "began exchanging racial comments toward each other," the complaint said.

Pemberton "said something like he could take them," one witness told authorities.

Briski told authorities that he was walking with Sandstrom and a male named Cody toward a friend's house when they began yelling "some things" at the girls.

"He heard Sandstrom 'taunting' them," the complaint said. "He then saw the male, defendant, was getting agitated. He tried to calm him down."

Briski told authorities that everything was verbal up to the point when Pemberton "lunged at him and hit him in the leg," the complaint said.

Police located Pemberton at a nearby residence. He told officials that the men were yelling racial slurs.

"He said a male swung at him after calling him the 'n-word,' " the complaint said. "He was trying to calm the males down when another swung at him so he 'protected himself.' " He said he hit the first male, causing him to back off. He then hit the second male when he ran up to him."

Sandstrom was airlifted to a Duluth hospital for treatment of his wound, which lacerated a lung. Briske was treated at Virginia Regional Medical Center and released.

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